The Open Data Day event “Village Leaders Conclave: Navigating the Climate Crisis with Open Data” was successfully conducted on March at the SWEAD Training Center in Bhuvanagiri, Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu. The event brought together 101 elected women and men, comprising village leaders and representatives, providing them with a unique platform to address the challenges posed by climate change through the lens of open data.

Event Highlights:

  1. Inaugural Session:
    • The event commenced with an inspiring inaugural session, setting the tone for the conclave’s objectives and emphasizing the critical role of open data in climate resilience.
  2. Interactive Sessions:
    • Engaging sessions were conducted to deepen participants’ understanding of open data and its applications in climate-related challenges.
    • Discussions focused on real-world case studies, showcasing successful implementations of open data solutions in different communities.
  3. Workshops:
    • Practical workshops equipped participants with hands-on experience in leveraging open data tools and platforms for climate monitoring and analysis.
  4. Expert Panels:
    • Renowned experts in the field shared valuable insights, addressing queries from participants and offering strategic guidance on incorporating open data into climate action plans.
  5. Networking Opportunities:
    • Participants had the chance to connect, exchange ideas, and establish a network of leaders committed to driving positive change in their communities.
  6. Collaboration Initiatives:
    • The conclave facilitated collaborative efforts among village leaders, encouraging the development of joint projects and initiatives to tackle climate challenges collectively.
  7. Event Conclusion:
    • The event concluded with a commitment ceremony where participants pledged to implement the knowledge gained in their respective communities.
    • Certificates of participation were distributed, recognizing the dedication of the village leaders to climate resilience.

Outcomes and Achievements:

  1. Knowledge Empowerment:
    • Village leaders gained a comprehensive understanding of the role of open data in climate resilience, empowering them to make informed decisions.
  2. Network Building:
    • A strong network of leaders committed to utilizing open data for sustainable solutions was established, fostering future collaborations.
  3. Community Impact:
    • The event’s knowledge transfer is expected to result in the implementation of effective climate action plans across participant communities.
  4. Inspiration for Change:
    • Participants left the conclave inspired and equipped with the tools and knowledge needed to champion climate resilience in their respective villages.

The Village Leaders Conclave stands as a testament to the power of collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and the strategic use of open data in addressing the challenges posed by the climate crisis at the local level. We extend our gratitude to all participants, sponsors, and collaborators who contributed to the success of this groundbreaking event. Together, we take a step towards a more sustainable and resilient future for our communities.

About Open Data Day

Open Data Day (ODD) is an annual celebration of open data all over the world. Groups from many countries create local events on the day where they will use open data in their communities.

As a way to increase the representation of different cultures, since 2023 we offer the opportunity for organisations to host an Open Data Day event on the best date within a one-week period. In 2024, a total of 287 events happened all over the world between March 2nd-8th, in 60+ countries using 15 different languages.

All outputs are open for everyone to use and re-use.

In 2024, Open Data Day was also a part of the HOT OpenSummit ’23-24 initiative, a creative programme of global event collaborations that leverages experience, passion and connection to drive strong networks and collective action across the humanitarian open mapping movement

For more information, you can reach out to the Open Knowledge Foundation team by emailing You can also join the Open Data Day Google Group to ask for advice or share tips and get connected with others.